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Smart Watches Vs Traditional Watches

 

Smart watches Elegance!

 

Smart-watches are very popular nowadays. They offer connectivity and convenience with some fitness tracking features which make them more than a fad now. Some of them have GPS which comes in handy if you find yourself lost.

Smartwatches are here to stay without doubt and as technology advances, they are going to get better with time. It is exciting on so many levels that the research and development are very fruitful, and one might be overwhelmed by the astounding possibilities wearable tech can bring into their daily life.

 

However, smartwatches becoming so popular is making people question if the era of traditional watches has come to an end??

Will smartwatches make traditional ones obsolete?

 

Well on the surface it does not look well for the traditional watches. You can get a smartwatch for manifolds less than a traditional watch. Even the famous brand Tag Heuer and other Swiss watchmakers have already paid heed to the smartwatch popularity and released models of their own.

 

So, one might ponder about the future of traditional watches, are we going to see more of them or is this it??

 

Traditional watches Convenience

 

Watches were born out of convenience. In the old days, people were tired of pulling out a chunky pocket watch and checking the time. So, lo and behold wristwatch was invented and they are very useful to this day.

 

Now fast forward to the present, smartwatches need user-interaction, by lifting your wrist up or tapping the display, which is how you wake them up. Or you need to move your wrist which wakes up the motion sensor to pick up the movement and lit the screen for you. But in the traditional wristwatch world, you do not need to do that except look at the screen.

 

The one key difference that makes the wristwatch still useful and famous is the fact that they do not need charging. A smartwatch will only last between 1 and 10 days with one charge. Smartwatches pair up with smartphones, so they need charging at least once a day to keep up with the power requirements. If the connection is lost, then the smartwatch is only limited to a fraction of functions.

 

Timeless style

Imagine you are in a room with two people – one wearing an Apple Watch and the other the latest Casio G-shock. Whom do you think you want to talk to??  It’s obvious that you want to talk to the one with the latest G-shock model.

 

Smartwatches generally do not have comparable features when it comes to style. Smartwatches are chunky and prone to damage because they must accommodate the tech.

You can change the wristband or bracelet and customize your display screen, but traditional watches have enormous detail put into them. Look at any Swiss watch. They ooze style. Or Japanese brands like Casio, orient, or Seiko are the definitions of everyday styles.

 

 

Simple is Beautiful

If you are lucky enough to own a watch by Casio or Seiko, you will surely understand how beautiful their simple functionality is. As your smartwatch may never lose time, unless its battery died (which can happen) but it’s going to be an electronic display that is just a mimicry of your smartphone already in your pocket.

It is not something good put together to admire or pleasant to look at as it’s just a screen that can go dark if you could not charge in due time.

 

In terms of a mechanical watch which needs winding occasionally, but that takes no time at all and lasts a lot longer. With the automatic feature in mechanical watches, it is now easier to keep them wound with the movement of your wrist.

 

 

Answer?

 

If we are looking for a definitive answer in the argument about smartwatches making traditional watches obsolete, the answer is they will not.

 

Traditional watch and the smartwatch are both here to stay. This all comes down to the point of the convenience of the buyer and the luxury of choice.

 

It is wrong to compare both devices. Both of their technologies are entirely different, and they have developed over time by the greater minds of the centuries. The principal function of a smartwatch is not to tell time, just like the primary function of a smartphone is not to make calls.

 

The function of a mechanical watch, for some, is about style and design which becomes an attitude. It is undeniable that they ooze craftsmanship and attitude due to their design and sophistication to an extent that the smartwatch makers have not been able to achieve yet. It is like you are comparing apples and oranges.

 

Let us take a moment to mention hybrids, like the G-shock and the Edifice series by Casio. They are traditional and smart too. They have Bluetooth pair functions to control your watch by your smartphone and some of them have GPS and fitness trackers like the new G-shock GBD-100sm-1D. They might not be as smart as the smartwatches are, but they are much more than traditional timepieces. Their style is impacted by the latest technology. These are worth their value but for some, they are not.

 

However, the rise of smartwatches means traditional watchmakers have not been able to rest- they are now challenged by the rapidly changing technology and are being given a tough time.

 

But truth be told smartwatches have not completely disrupted the traditional watch market. Traditional watches are here to stay. Smartwatches will achieve betterment with tech. Both have their own significance and place in this world.

 

Summary

 

Each type of watch has a different purpose, and they serve them well. You may even own one of each. Smartwatches are like an extension of your social life but often, they do not match what you are wearing. They do not add to your dressing or attitude, where a traditional does.

 

Smartwatches will not bring an end to the traditional market. What has happened is the birth of a new market. The desire of this new market requires connectivity and innovation. One might guess that Perhaps the overall solution would be to make greater efforts in the hybrid type of watches.

If you are looking for a timepiece that is relevant and can match your style, then feel free to check out our Casio shop. You can find several beautiful watches at compatible prices.

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Casio G-Shock vs Pro Trek Watches

Confused between Casio g-shock and Pro-trek? Let us make it easier for you!

 

Without a doubt, G-Shock and Pro Trek are both amazing watch series from Casio that will do the job and stand against the test of time.

There are key differences between the G-Shock & Pro Trek series which you should keep in your mind before deciding to get one for yourself.

In this blog, we will set apart the differences & mention the unique features you need to know about both series.

 

G-Shock vs Pro Trek: Features

–> Construction & Size

–> Ease of use

–> Display

–> Toughness & water resistance

–> Pros & Cons

–> Price

–> To make it easier we have mentioned models for both series throughout the blog.

 

G-Shock vs. Pro Trek Features table

 

Feature                             Pro Trek                          G-Shock

Water Resistance                       100meters                                 200meters

Toughness                                   Good                                           Unbreakable

Display                                         Big                                              Small

GPS                                                Yes                                              No*

Thickness                                     Flat                                             Bulky

Tough Solar                                  Yes                                              Yes

Atomic Time Sync                       Yes                                              Yes

Triple Sensor                               Yes                                              Yes

Compass                                       Yes                                              Yes

Altimeter                                       Yes                                              Yes

Thermometer                               Yes                                              Yes

Price Range PKR                     27-96k                                        12-300k

 

 

Features

Usually, Pro treks have more features than G-Shocks. The two brands are hardly equal when you get to the higher models in the 30-50k price range. But at any price tag below that, G-Shocks blow Pro Treks out of the water when it comes to features.

 

Triple Sensor

As the name suggests, Pro Treks are known for Triple Sensors which includes:

Digital Compass: build using the accelerator, magnetometer, gyroscope, and gravity of the device.

Altimeter / Barometer: which measures altitude.

Thermometer

If you desire an affordable triple sensor watch, Pro trek is your best choice. Model PRG-300CM-3DR is your best choice which is available at Ecasiocenter. If having an altimeter is not a must, the more affordable G-Shock GA-900-2A might be more up your alley.

 

GPS

Like triple sensors, Pro Treks are superior to G-Shocks if you’re looking for GPS then PRG-260-2DR is the most famous GPS model. If you want a GPS-enabled G-shock, then you will have to go for the expensive GW-9400-1DR that costs twice as much.

 

Pro Trek Hiking Features

There is one feature that most of the Pro Trek watches come with, called Trek Log Value Updating. When this feature is enabled, your watch will save and update various altitude measurements automatically.

This phenomenon includes High/Low altitude values and Cumulative altitude values. The watch will read these values if the “Trek Log Updating” feature is turned on, for up to 12 hours which is standard for Pro trek.

 

You will not find this Hiking feature in many G-Shocks, but it is present in a more limited form on G-Shock GW-9400- 1DR Rangeman. Pro Trek’s ability to keep auto-altitude measurements is an unchallenged benefit over G-Shocks.

Other Notable Features

Besides Triple Sensor and GPS, other notable features on Casio’s high-end watches include:

 

Tough Solar

Sunset/Sunrise times

Multi-Band 6 Atomic Time Sync

Tide & Moon graph

Low-temperature resistance

Hands-free backlight

World Time (multiple time zones)

Vibration alarm

Every digital watch made by Casio comes with a standard feature that are almost same across all models:

 

12/24h time

Alarm with snooze feature

Countdown timer

Stopwatch

led backlight.

Auto-calendar (Day, month, year)

Hourly time beep

 

Construction & Design

 

Size

G-Shocks are usually bigger than Pro Treks, except for budget-friendly models. I would not call Pro Treks small because they have their own wrist presence, but they appear to be slimmer and lighter than G-Shocks.

With a smaller wrist presence as compared to G-shocks Pro Trek is usually a finer choice if you want a dynamic watch that you can also wear in the work environment.

 

Ease of Use

Pro Trek features are more accessible as compared to G-Shock’s. That is because Pro Treks have dedicated buttons for compass, altimeter, and barometer functions. G-Shock, on the other side, is all about toughness, durability, and resistance, and usually has a mono push button to go through different modes.

 

Get yourself a Pro Trek if you prefer dedicated buttons for your features and go for G-Shock if you like toughness and greater wrist presence.

 

The Display

The diameter of the display is the most obvious difference between the Pro Trek and G-Shock watches.

Pro Trek’s display is big, round, and clear in almost any weather condition. Like all other features including the compass are more readable than on a G-Shock, which makes Pro Treks trekking friendly. Pro Treks are usually known for their digital screens, although analog & digital hybrid models are getting popular like the PRG-600-1DR, PRG-650-1DR, and PRW-6000 series.

 

G-Shock usually has multiple arrangements of smaller screens and smaller numerals than most Pro Trek watches, with G-Shock GPR-B1000D-1B Solar-Powered GPS being the only exception. Its smaller screens give G-Shock a tool-like, tactical, and rugged appearance, which are less prone to damage.

Unlike Pro Trek, G-Shock has several analog-digital hybrid models that are more readable than the only digital screens. G-Shock also comes in different shapes and sizes, including the retro square models.

 

I prefer G-Shock’s tool watch embodiment and a more military watch looks. And while G-Shocks have that nerdy feel about them, the Pro Treks look geekier.

 

Overall, Pro Trek looks like a techy trekking tool watch, while G-Shock looks like something that you would wear in the field or in an army. Which one is better? It just comes down to personal preference.

 

Toughness & Water Resistance

G-Shock is purposely built like a tank and is tougher than any Pro Trek watch ever made. All G-Shock models are Shock-resistant and 200meters Waterproof. This means that you can drop even the cheapest model off a ten-story building and nothing will happen to it.

Pro Trek is less water-resistant, only 100meters compared to G-shock’s 200.

As long as the durability is concerned, Pro Trek is a rugged outdoors watch. Obviously, it’s not as tough as a G-Shock and won’t stand against sudden drops or blows but it won’t break easily even if you use it in extreme situations outdoors.

 

Lastly, Pro Trek watch bezels are easier to scratch as compared to G-shocks.

In simple terms, Pro treks are more prone to wear and tear. It is not a deal-breaker for many but the ease of damaging only with minor scratches is something you should be aware of before buying Pro Treks.

 

Price

The cheapest Pro Trek is available for PKR 27k while you can find G-Shocks priced anywhere from PKR 12k to 300k depending on the model and the features.

 

Final Words

As much as I would like to suggest that there is an optimal choice to make between Pro Trek and G-Shock, there is not. It would be an understatement.

You should always decide with your budget in mind while evaluating the features with shape and size.

 

 

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